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Mike Collins

Charlotte Talks with Mike Collins is this region's exclusive forum for the discussion of politics, growth, the arts, culture, social issues, literature, human interest, the environment and more. If something is of interest to people in the Charlotte region, listeners and leaders know the topic is bound to be discussed on Charlotte Talks. 

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Charlotte Talks
12:00 am
Fri September 21, 2012

Southern Hospitality And What It Means To Be Hospitable

Chef Jim Noble, Owner of Rooster’s and The King’s Kitchen in Charlotte

We like to say that here in the South, our Southern Hospitality is the height of good manners and welcoming others, but what does it really mean to be hospitable? In these angry, sometimes suspicious times, and in a political climate when people from opposite sides are not encouraged to work together or agree on anything at all, is there no longer room for hospitality in our daily lives?

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Charlotte Talks
12:00 am
Thu September 20, 2012

Author Kathy Reichs On 'Bones' And Forensic Science

Kathy Reichs

Kathy Reichs is famous internationally, not just for her crime novels featuring Temperance Brennan - a fictional character, but who is a forensic anthropologist, just like Reichs herself - but also for the Fox TV show “Bones,” based on the same character. Kathy Reichs is also a Charlottean and a UNC Charlotte Professor and she’ll join us to talk about the work she’s doing in Charlotte and around the world, with her writing, the TV show and we’ll hear how writing has become the family business for Reichs and her children.

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Charlotte Talks
12:00 am
Wed September 19, 2012

Indian Food And Culture

Dancers at the Festival of India

Fall is a time for festivals - this weekend the Festival of India celebrates the culture and food of that country. Last Spring, we visited with several Indians who have made their home here. We talked about the transition and what they’ve done to make Charlotte home. We’ve invited them back, this time to talk about how you can enjoy their festival. We’ll talk about art and dance and - Indian food - among other things.

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Charlotte Talks
12:00 am
Tue September 18, 2012

Fall Sports Preview

Carolina Panthers / Bank of America stadium
Flickr/Suzie T

Fall is in the air and so are a variety of balls. Footballs are being slung on fields all over America and right down the street at Panther Stadium. So are baseballs as the major league season rounds third and heads for home. Basketballs will be bouncing soon in Time Warner Arena and on Tobacco Road. Fall begins a very busy professional and college sports season and we’ll take a look at the Panthers, Bobcats, Hurricanes hockey and we’ll also check in on the progress of UNC Charlotte football and the prospect of uptown baseball.

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Charlotte Talks
12:00 am
Mon September 17, 2012

Embassies, Ambassadors and Foreign Service

Eagle Logo, US Embassy in Ottawa

Last week’s tragic killing of U.S. Ambassador to Libya Chris Stephens and others during an attack on the Embassy there puts a spotlight on the field of foreign service: the reasons ambassadors are placed in other countries, the function of the embassies, the role of diplomats in other countries, and the dangers they are sometimes in when serving the US overseas. A panel will join us to talk about foreign service and talk about the work done around the world by embassies and more.

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Charlotte Talks
12:00 am
Fri September 14, 2012

Russell Goings (Rebroadcast)

After playing professional football, founding Essence Magazine and owning the first African-American Brokerage Firm with a seat on the New York Stock Exchange, Russell Goings became friends with artist Romare Bearden. That is what led Goings to his most recent line of work: writing poetry. His book of poetry, The Children of Children Keep Coming features Bearden's art work and chronicles the African-American journey. Russell Goings talks about that journey, art and poetry.

Charlotte Talks
12:00 am
Thu September 13, 2012

Katyn Forest Massacre (Rebroadcast)

Katyn: Stalin's Massacre and the Triumph of Truth by Allen Paul

During World War II, the Soviets massacred 22,000 Poles in Stalin’s Russia. On Monday, it was announced that in 1943, American POWs sent secret coded messages to Washington with news of the atrocity. The US might have been able to use that information to rescue Poland from its post-war fate under the Soviets but did nothing. North Carolina author Allen Paul, an expert on the massacre, joined us in 2010 to talk about it. That conversation, when Charlotte Talks.

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Charlotte Talks
12:00 am
Wed September 12, 2012

North Carolina's Economy And The DNC's Impact

Well the smoke has cleared and the Democratic Party has left town but what sort of economic impact did they have on our community? Their convention comes just at the end of the third business quarter this year and Dr. John Connaughton will join us to look back at the most recent economic numbers and share his prediction for the quarter ahead. We’re also joined by Charlotte Observer writer Steve Harrison. He and others at the paper have been tracking visitor spending at the convention as well as the challenge of predicting the financial impact of large events in our city.

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Charlotte Talks
12:00 am
Tue September 11, 2012

West Nile Virus In Our Region

A mosquito, the tiny, unassuming carrier of West Nile Virus.

For most of us in the region, West Nile Virus seems like a problem for folks far away, maybe even in foreign lands, but it'’s not only here, it has a face and a name familiar to area newspaper readers. Longtime Charlotte Observer writer, Elizabeth Leland, was recently diagnosed with the virus and Observer health writer Karen Garloch chronicled her experience. We'’ll visit with Garloch, Mecklenburg County Health Director, Dr. Steve Keener and hopefully hear from Ms. Leland herself. Is West Nile Virus ready to strike our region? Find out when Charlotte Talks.

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Charlotte Talks
12:00 am
Mon September 10, 2012

Convention Leftovers

The Democratic National Convention at Time Warner Cable Arena.

The DNC is just a memory and Charlotte is back to normal.  The politicians, the media, the stars, the protesters, the delegates have all gone home but we’re not quite done with them.  So many people were here last week – we couldn’t get to them all.  So today, convention leftovers – and tasty ones, too, from Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius to Gwen Ifill from PBS to Time Magazine’s Michael Grunwald.  Those folks and more when Charlotte Talks

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